King Janaka Greets Dasharatha Before Rama's Wedding
Page from a dispersed series of the Ramayana
Artist/maker unknown, India
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In this scene from an earlier part of the epic "Shangri" Ramayana, Rama and his brother Lakshmana are depicted as young boys. Through a feat of divine strength, Rama has won the hand of the beautiful Sita, daughter of King Janaka of Mithila. Janaka invites Rama's father, King Dasharatha, to come to Mithila for the marriage rites. In this painting, Janaka greets Dasharatha, who has arrived with his priests and courtiers and set up his tents outside Janaka's city.